A member of Hong Kong's Executive Council has said the city's leader plans to apologize again over her handling of a highly unpopular extradition bill.
In support of the bill, we find Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who claims that the bill is necessary to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for mainland fugitives.
He said Monday that the "number does tell the story".
Hong Kong residents worry that allowing some suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China would be another of many steps chipping away at Hong Kong's freedoms and legal autonomy.
The Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students, the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong, Diocesan Youth Commission of Hong Kong and the Justice and Peace Group of the Franciscans organized a Mass and a prayer meeting. I am afraid it will affect the communication between the churches on both sides. A leaked Hospital Authority memorandum dated 12 June suggests that medical staff were asked to identify injured protesters, enabling the police to conduct arrests in hospitals.
The pressure on Lam increased June 17 when Hong Kong's most prominent student activist, Joshua Wong, was released from prison and immediately called for the chief executive to step down.
"Hello world and hello freedom". Additionally, Hong Kong is supposed to operate with "a high degree of autonomy". "Withdraw the extradition bill".
The vast majority of Hong Kong residents fled persecution, political chaos, or starvation in the Chinese mainland. Wong got a subsequent three-month sentence for contempt of court, which was reduced to two in May upon returning from bail.
The protests are the largest since 2014, when Beijing angered democracy advocates by requiring any candidate for Hong Kong's top job to be approved by a committee that's loyal to China's central government. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the "peak period" of the march.
They say the suspension of the extradition bill that set off the past week's demonstrations was not enough.
While Lam delayed the bill, it has yet to be completely shelved.
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A week earlier as many as 1 million people demonstrated to voice their concern over Hong Kong's relations with mainland China in one of the toughest tests of the territory's special status since Beijing took control in a 1997 handover.
Mr Wong said he needed a bit of time but that "no matter what happens, I will join the protest soon".
The protests came after Lam suspended a bill that would allow criminal suspects to be tried in China. The Hong Kong government considered the demonstrations illegal and moved to end them.
Wong was released after protesters mounted a huge march for the second Sunday in a row, with people filling the streets from Victoria Park to Admiralty, where the government's offices are based.
Activists were staging strikes and other smaller events Monday.
Critics say the planned extradition bill could threaten Hong Kong's rule of law and its worldwide reputation as a financial hub for Asia Pacific.
After daybreak Monday, police announced that they want to clear the streets. Lam also refused to apologize, saying the bill was the result of "deficiencies" in her office, but not an all-out mistake, and that "substantial controversies and disputes in society", led her to reconsider the bill - not a almost all-out revolt on the part of Hong Kong's residents.
Many placards in the crowd Sunday accused police of using excessive force.
Tens of thousands of protesters carry posters and banners Sunday in Hong Kong as they continue to protest an extradition bill.
For a time, the protesters, many in masks and other gear to guard against possible use of tear gas, responded with chants, some kneeling in front of the officers. They point to the failure of the "Umbrella Movement" to win any concessions, the imprisonment of protest leaders, the disqualification of popular lawmakers and the disappearance of Beijing-critical booksellers, among recent examples.
Nearly 2 million Hong Kong residents took to the streets again on Sunday according to organizers.